|Ready for our 8 mile hike in!|
The 4.75 hour hike in was uneventful but tiring as usual. Caiden and I were packing 50 pounds and Alec and Isaac had 35 strapped to their backs. I suppose the can of beer didn't help my weight but it sure tasted good when I cracked it open after our hike in! As usual we rented out all the bunks in the Russell Pond Bunkhouse which is a nice place to be after a long hike.
|Baxter State Park Native Brook Trout|
The second day we hit Six Ponds which is about a 1.3 mile hike from Russell. My youngest son Isaac tried fly fishing for the first time. He got a fish on the very first cast! Being so remote, Six Ponds gets very little fishing pressure so the trout are extremely eager and is a great place to learn how to fly fish. You can basically throw a piece of lint on the water and the fish will hit it. It took us about an hour or so to figure out where the fish are but once we found em, it was a fish almost every cast. We lost count but we estimate between the four of us, we landed about 80 fish mostly in the 6"-9" range. Here is a video of a fish literally leaping out of the water for my fly.
The evening of the second day Isaac was able to land a beautiful 11" brook trout at Russell on a fly rod. He
|Russell Pond framed by North Turner and Russell Mountains|
We rounded out our fishing at Deep pond the evening of the third day. This year the kindergarten class was out at Deep and while the fishing was active, the fish were very small. It was still a lot of fun and Deep is a beautiful spot.
All 3 of these waters have never been stocked classifying them as native brook trout fisheries.
|Cascading Water at Grand Falls|
One thing that is great about Russell is that it gives you the opportunity to totally unplug, unwind and enjoy nature. There is no light pollution at Baxter! My son Alec was able to get some great star shots.
|Stars over Russell Pond|
To wrap up this post here is a video montage of our journey that Isaac put together.
Thanks to Alec Salisbury, Caiden Shea and Isaac Salisbury for supplying the images and videos for this blog post.